Local Piqua youth Ryan Barr is starting the eighth grade this year, but has been racing now for eight years starting at the age of five in the quarter midget ranks and is moving up this year to a Mini Sprint. Racing at Waynesfield Raceway Park. Taking on this challenge was no easy task. Barr was now going to be competing against adults in this division. These cars have 170 to 200 horsepower, and exceed speeds up over 100 iles per hour.
Barr started off in May competing against 20 to 30 cars a night. The feature events would only start 20 cars. So just making the feature event was the goal starting the season. Barr was able to make all but one feature event this season. Which he fell just one position shy of making the feature on that night.
With 12 events on the Waynesfield schedule, and four rain outs the point battle would be very tight. Barr’s team was thrown a few curve balls so to speak throughout the season. With the help of great friends, family, and sponsors they were able to push through. As this being Barr’s rookie season in this divison, he was competing for Rookie of the Year in the points championship battle. With 34 competitors competing for the points title, and three rookie contenders it was going to get very interesting. Barr learned a lot as well did his crew. He raced hard and clean as he earned the respect of his competitors. By seasons end Barr had accumlated two top five finishes and lead most of a feature event before engine failure would sideline him that night. Barr ended the season fifth in overall championship points and would claim the title of Waynesfield Raceway Park Rookie of the year. Barr would like to thank a few people that made this happen, including:
Metal-Brite Polishing, 1-Shot services, Medway Tool, Skinner Powdercoating, J and T Photos, Mark Knupp Tire and Muffler, Performance Paint Supply, Simpson Race Products, Vavoline Oil. Car Owners, Mom, Dad, Terry and Wendy Shira., Engine builder Steve Stickle. Crew, Bruce Zwiebel, Andrew Grunkemeyer, and Mark Rice. Special thanks to Steve Stiefel for all his hard work.
Brad Jones had his first hole in one of his 15 years of playing golf.
On Saturday at Echo Hills, Jones aced the 144 yard, seventh hole using his 8-iron. Witnessing his great shot was Brandon Hostetter, Matt Reedy and future father-in-law Rob “Sanfee” Dunn.
Golfers can sign up for the Miami County Golf Championship now at Miami Shores , Echo Hills and Homestead.
The tournament is being held Sept. 12 at Miami Shores and Sept. 13 at Homestead. You must be a member of one of the Miami County courses or reside inside Miami County and have a GHIN handicap established to be able to participate.
Entry fee is $30.